Dhaka seeks scholarships for OPCW trainees

Staff Correspondent

24th November, 2018 11:04:56 printer

Bangladesh proposed to make provisions for scholarships so that students and professionals from developing countries can do internship in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

This proposal has been made and formally submitted by Bangladesh Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the OPCW, during Fourth Review Conference of the OPCW on Thursday, said a press release.

Earlier, Bangladesh formally submitted a Non-Paper on “Internship and Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programmes opportunities in the OPCW for applicants from the States Parties in the developing world under the regular budget of the OPCW and/or through a Trust Fund towards balanced geographical representation in the Technical Secretariat” for consideration by the Fourth Review Conference.

With facts and figures, Bangladesh showed to the member States that, at this time, interns and Junior Professional Officer (JPO) are recruited by OPCW only if they could fund themselves.

Bangladesh proposal urged all to get rid of “affordability” as the criteria through a scholarship fund for candidates from developing countries like Bangladesh.

If approved, Bangladesh will help create a precedent which other international organizations could also replicate.  This scholarship fund will also open up opportunities for candidates from Bangladesh to come to The Hague to work in the OPCW.